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Kayelle

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There are many of us who have cut down on carbs and I thought this would be a good place to post low carb products we may have discovered.

I've always loved non fat milk although I don't handle lactose well and the brand of lactose free milk I've been using only occasionally has 13g of carbs per cup! I don't like the texture of Almond Milk although it has no carbs.
Here's my find...It tastes great, and the carb count per cup is only 6g.
I'm doing a happy dance.

https://fairlife.com/our-products/skim-milk/
 

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I can tell you what items to say away from.

Miracle Noodle

They make rice, pasta a bunch of carb free products. Read the reviews and they tell you if you rinse them really well the fishy smell goes away. They were right but I found the finished product to have a slimy, cellulose texture and I threw them all out...and they are pricey.
Save your money

I love spiralized zucchini for pasta and cauliflower rice. I see that birds eye now sells the cauliflower rice and cauliflower mashed "potatoes", but I haven't tried them.
 

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There are many of us who have cut down on carbs and I thought this would be a good place to post low carb products we may have discovered.

I've always loved non fat milk although I don't handle lactose well and the brand of lactose free milk I've been using only occasionally has 13g of carbs per cup! I don't like the texture of Almond Milk although it has no carbs.
Here's my find...It tastes great, and the carb count per cup is only 6g.
I'm doing a happy dance.

https://fairlife.com/our-products/skim-milk/

I mix almond milk with a bit of heavy cream, so it's not so watery. Less carbs and taste pretty good too.

The only low carb products I've been using are protein powders, mostly ISO and quest. I like the ISO better. Make mug cakes, pancakes, 'french toast' and my new favorite, popsicles. I was never a fan of pasta so haven't felt the need for the different low carb noodles.
 

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They are two brands of protein powder. They vary but are about 2-3 carbs per serving depending on flavor. There are lots of recipes online for baked goods using protein powder. The french toast I kinda made up on my own. It's not as good as normal french toast and I have some experimenting to do still, but it's good. I make a mug cake then slice it up into three pieces, dredge in egg mix like you would do for normal french toast and fry up. Lots of butter and suger free syrup, I've been using Walden Farms.

Here is the link for the pancake recipe, it's really good. https://www.tasteaholics.com/recipes/quick-bites/low-carb-pancakes/

This mug cake doesn't use protein powder, but is good. https://www.ruled.me/churro-mug-cake/

This one uses protein powder, it's a little dry. I've added some melted butter and cream cheese, I think I need to add more. Or a sauce would help. This is the recipe I use to make french toast with, I add spices to the batter as well as the egg mix. I haven't tried baking it in the oven, only nuked it. Healthy 1 Minute Low Carb Vanilla Mug Cake
 

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Pickles have carbs, minimal but there. Pork rinds are carb free though and good in place of crackers. I realize some people may not care about the single carb in a serving of pickles but for others it matters. I'm diabetic and every carb counts. Since I starting staying at under 20g of carbs a day my blood sugar is so much lower and under much better control.
 

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I view this similar to to replace meat when going vegetarian or vegan. Just eliminate those products a d find something else you like.
Doing this can cause nutritional deficiencies. Not everyone has a good handle on nutrition and where it comes from. Lots of teenage girls go vegan and think they'll be fine eating French fries and salads.
 

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Pickles have carbs, minimal but there. Pork rinds are carb free though and good in place of crackers. I realize some people may not care about the single carb in a serving of pickles but for others it matters. I'm diabetic and every carb counts. Since I starting staying at under 20g of carbs a day my blood sugar is so much lower and under much better control.
I'm in the same boat as you, and agree completely. I also try to stay under 20g carbs per day. My A1c used to be 12.5. Since going ketogenic three years ago, it now averages 5.0-5.2, which puts me back in a normal range.

As for low carb products, I don't really have any good suggestions. I tend to not eat pre-packaged foods, and stick pretty much with fresh meat, eggs, and vegetables.
 

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I'm in the same boat as you, and agree completely. I also try to stay under 20g carbs per day. My A1c used to be 12.5. Since going ketogenic three years ago, it now averages 5.0-5.2, which puts me back in a normal range.

That is really great, I still have to get my A1c done. It was in the same range as yours last year(pre keto). I know it will be better, but I don't know where it will be. This is the first time I am looking forward to having it done.
 

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I'm in the same boat as you, and agree completely. I also try to stay under 20g carbs per day. My A1c used to be 12.5. Since going ketogenic three years ago, it now averages 5.0-5.2, which puts me back in a normal range.

As for low carb products, I don't really have any good suggestions. I tend to not eat pre-packaged foods, and stick pretty much with fresh meat, eggs, and vegetables.

Smart way to go.Eat real food.Works for me, worked for my Grandmother and it really doesn't that more time.
 

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Doing this can cause nutritional deficiencies. Not everyone has a good handle on nutrition and where it comes from. Lots of teenage girls go vegan and think they'll be fine eating French fries and salads.
Eliminate processed food,sweets, soft drinks, pasta, add in legumes, veggies, fruits, fish ( not canned), meat, cheese, eggs,snd dairy, a person should be
good to go. No chips, no whateve else seesr there is, i only buy and eat real food. Walk on by the other stuff. Pretty easy to do.
 

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Eliminate processed food,sweets, soft drinks, pasta, add in legumes, veggies, fruits, fish ( not canned), meat, cheese, eggs,snd dairy, a person should be
good to go. No chips, no whateve else seesr there is, i only buy and eat real food. Walk on by the other stuff. Pretty easy to do.
I understand. You understand. Not everyone does. That was my point.
 

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There are some fantastic bread products out there now. I buy the Joseph's lavash bread and their pita bread. The pitas are very good for only 5grams carbs, same with the lavash, 1/2 a sheet is 5 grams net carbs (total carbs minus fiber is net carbs in Atkins style calculations) and makes for great wraps.


https://www.josephsbakery.com/shop/



There are also a few brands now making 3 to 6 gram net carbs "flour" tortillas that are almost as good as full carb tortillas in some cases. Great for wraps and soft tacos, etc..


We get all of these at our local Walmart. Walmart also has a store brand protein bread that is really good for only 2 net grams each slice. Its a dark colored bread and the slices are a bit small, but it tastes really good. We watch the dates and try to get to the store on the date the breads expire on the sell by date, when Walmart puts them on the discount rack, and stock up, and freeze them. They are really expensive regular price.


Also, the Flat-out brand wraps have a couple low carb options, really good for wraps.


I've been doing some pretty successful low carb baking but this thread is about products, not recipes.


This sucralose/Erythritol granular sweetener https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FLD3X28/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 is really good, closest thing to real sugar I've found but it does not dissolve well in cold liquid and re-crystallizes if you try to make simple syrup with it and let it cool, so its good for baking and hot liquids, etc..



This liquid sucralose https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I28OQ7K/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 is the best I've found that will dissolve in anything, even cold liquid. It doesn't taste as good as the combination with erythritol, but is the best tasting liquid sweetener I've found. I dont really like stevia or any of the others.


I've discovered a lot of LC products since my journey began January 1 this year. I've lost over 35lbs in 8 months on the Atkins method...which as a brand, by the way, makes some great low carb packaged products...candy, cookies...even frozen meals.



The candy makers are also doing pretty good sugar free stuff nowadays. Before low carbing I said I would not eat artificial sweeteners. Obviously I changed my mind. I dont have a big sweet tooth but its nice to have something here and there. Sugar free stuff is popping up in all kinds of forms now with diabetes so prevalent. Even fake honey and syrup products that are really not bad.



OK, I'll stop now.
 
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Chef Kenny wrote
Before low carbing I said I would not eat artificial sweeteners. Obviously I changed my mind.

Is Stevia something that’s allowed on a low carb diet? I know it’s natural, not terribly expensive, and since it’s zero calories, it can’t have any carbs in it, right? I’ve personally never used it; I understand that it’s quite a bit sweeter than sugar.
 

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“Keto” is essentially a low carb, high fat diet, right? I know it’s more complicated than that, but that’s the base of the diet.

Well, I accidentally came across this recipe for jerk chickenin a creamy Jamaican sauce. I know it’s low carb because it’s from a keto website, and I thought those of you on low carb diets might find it very tasty (and a bit spicy).

Of course, I’m not planning on going keto anytime soon, so I’m gonna defeat it’s whole purpose by “un-ketoing” it, and then even more ‘cause it sounds like it might be good on pasta (gasp!).

I probably won’t get around to it soon, though. I’m much too lazy when I get off of work to cook, and on my days off I’m still too lazy. My microwave is crying out “enough, already!” My microwave is Jewish, apparently. Also, it’s not an easy thing to cook for one, and you’re left with the clean-up, too, so not exactly an incentive for trying out new and complicated recipes (the bar is pretty low as to what constitutes “complicated.”).If you try it, please let me know how you liked it, and if and how you tweaked it.
 

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@JustJoel,


Stevia is allowed on most low carb diets. Some people like it, it hits my palate like aspartame which never tasted good to me. I never understood how people liked diet soda, I always preferred water to any diet soda. Other people drink diet soda and like it a lot.


Yes, Keto is essentially low carb. There are variations like Atkins which is what I generally do, and its a low carb high fat diet that is very strict at first, Atkins 20 starts at phase 1) 20-25 grams carbs a day and by the time you have reached your goal weight loss, phase 4 is maintenance, trying to stay at that weight and eating 80-100 grams carbs a day.



Ketosis is a state of body where one has starved the body of the simple carbs it is used to getting its energy from, so the body begins burning fat for its energy. This causes weight loss, fat loss and usually positive changes in the blood chemistry when compared to people who eat sugar and simple starches like wheat flour in breads and pastas, rice and rice products and stuff like potatoes (something else I look forward to having again once in a while). In order to assist in staying in ketosis, eating fats is the way a keto dieter gets much of their energy.




Some people stay on whats called "induction" level carbs which is 20 grams or lower a day, but they are usually doing it for blood level numbers, especially blood sugar. That's not Atkins "keto" though. Atkins slowly allows more carbs and does not recommend people stay on a diet of less than 20 grams carbs for life. But Atkins is about weight loss more than medical stuff, except that it does promote healthy diet eating as much "whole foods" as possible rather than convenience foods.


That Jerk Chicken recipe is interesting. I've never been a fan of recipes that cook the marinade in to the sauce though. A lot of people do that, it just weird's me out for some reason. Noodles would be good with it...but since I haven't had decent noodles in 8 months...I would be happy with any noodles anywhere! The more traditional starch with the Jerk Chicken is probably rice, but someone else may know better than me. "Jerk" is typically a Jamaican cuisine I believe.


Yes, cooking for one can be hard. When my wife goes out of town to her mother's to help out for a while, I go in to "bachelor mode", so I know exactly what you are talking about. I'm not as excited about cooking without someone to share with and tend to eat much more conveniently. I almost never buy bagged salads for instance, but when I'm a bachelor I do exactly that and I only put together full proper balanced meals on one plate here and there. I usually eat the components of a meal over the course of an evening because I prefer to "graze" and I dont have a "dinner time" body clock. My wife doesn't like to eat dinner too late and prefers the traditional dinner plate all at once...so I return to "normal" when she's home!
 
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Due to interest and a number of our members who are on LCHF/Ketogenic Diets, this sub-forum has been added under Health, Nutrition and Special Diets If you have a thread already started, report it for me and I can get it moved to the new sub-forum.


Thanks, JanetH for making this come about!
 
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